Neighborhood Transformation Initiative
Many neighborhoods throughout Allegheny County have experienced significant problems: Declining and aging populations, eroding tax base, out migration, loss of neighborhood schools, abandoned or under-utilized buildings, and decaying commercial business districts. Communities have addressed these problems differently. Some have revitalized like South Side and Oakland; others appear to be recovering such as East Liberty, Lawrenceville, Friendship; but many are still struggling.
To stop decline and instead develop a positive path to change, communities must map a course of action.
Many communities along with stakeholder partners have recognized that in order to accurately determine the direction a neighborhood must take, they must first assess, inventory, and recommend action on vacant and abandoned properties in their community.
Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation has worked through such a community process with a variety of communities to date including Manchester, Fineview and the Borough of Wilkinsburg.
A report on each is issued representing the culmination of months of work by residents, stakeholders, municipal officials and organizations in the respective community. Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation continues to work in these communities.